Why people believe in God

The NY Times just published a great article called “Darwin’s God” discussing why people believe in God. It’s a great complement to reading the enlightening and entertaining “The God Delusion.”

While there are some scientific debates, especially on the evolutionary components of religion, it seems that our three fundament mental frameworks and cognitive tools – agent detection, causal reasoning and theory of mind – predispose us to belief.

Read the full article at:
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/04/magazine/04evolution.t.html?_r=1&ref=magazine&pagewanted=all

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  • Don’t forget another more “social” evolutionary explanation (see Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs and Steel or David Sloan Wilson’s Darwin’s Cathedral). Both great books.